Our weekend road trip route went from Bern, Switzerland, to Dijon France. Along the way we made stops in Murten, and then continued onward to Neuchâtel (about 30 minutes away). We showed up here on a bit of a whim and had no plan whatsoever, but even without a plan, we enjoyed checking out the town and what it had to offer.
Our time here consisted of wandering the streets and sitting alongside the lovely lakeside promenade. To our surprise, we even saw a beaver swimming leisurely in the lake.
The weather was beautiful and the evening was really clear, allowing us to see the Alps across Neuchâtel Lake.
Collégiale Reformed Church
This was our favorite stop in Neuchâtel. We enjoyed checking out the church, of course, but we especially liked the terrace just outside the church. Here, you were able to overlook the rooftops of the city below, see out to the lake, and explore castle ruins. There is also a neat, stone-arched pedestrian bridge which crosses the street into a park area.
After stopping to check out the views of Neuchâtel Lake one last time, we headed for the Jura Mountains. We had our eyes set on the "Grand Canyon of Switzerland", Creux du Van. Don't miss this post!
Know Before You Go!
We parked in the “Parking du Port” garage just before the Tourist Information Center. There was a metered lot directly across from the Tourist Information Center, but no spots were available. Parking for a few hours cost us 7 CHF.
The Tourist Information Center was closed for the day, but there were some brochures available with city maps and other things do in the area. The internet is an incredibly valuable tool, but surprisingly, sometimes we can’t find as good of info as we’d like, so we’re always sure to stock up on local brochures when we can.